Update on Peace Operations and COVID-19

UN launches COVID-19 aid flights to vulnerable developing nations (01.05.2020)

The U.N. World Food Program on Thursday sent a first plane loaded with medical supplies for developing nations especially vulnerable to the coronavirus pandemic, aiming to ramp up the service to 350 flights per month.

Joseph Borrell: The post-coronavirus world is already here (30.04.2020)

[…] In the history of human societies, major crises are always heralded by warning signs or events. And major crises usually have an accelerating effect on trends. This is why it would make more sense to look at the consequences of covid-19 from the point of view of how this crisis could magnify...

The impact of COVID-19 on the performance of peace operations (27.04.2020)

Between the African Union, European Union, OSCE, NATO and United Nations there are approximately 160,000 civilian, police and military personnel deployed in more than 50 missions. These missions have all been forced to take unprecedented steps to adapt and cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. This may...

NATO's Stoltenberg blasts Chinese, Russian disinformation about coronavirus (27.04.2020)

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has accused China and Russia of spreading disinformation regarding the organization’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. “We have several examples of statements coming from Moscow and Beijing, which are not correct, which try to undermine the cohesion of...

Strengthening prevention with better anticipation: COVID-19 and beyond (25.04.2020)

This paper uses three case studies to highlight the importance for international security of prevention strategies and the anticipation of the impact of crisis situations, particularly to help address future crises and conflict. More specifically, the three are 1) the impact of climate change and...

AU PSC met to evaluate impact of COVID-19 on peace and security in Africa (24.04.2020)

On 14 April 2020 the Peace and Security Council (PSC) met to deliberate on the impact of COVID-19 on peace and security in Africa. It noted that its ongoing work to Silence The Guns will be negatively affected by the pandemic, but emphasised that the PSC’s protocol stipulate that it shall take an...

UN peacekeepers must stay the course (23.04.2020)

United Nations peace operations promote stability and security in some of the world’s most dangerous and fragile places. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, overstretched UN peacekeepers—civilian, military, and police—were a thin blue line helping to protect civilians, support peace agreements and...